Norway records first rabies case in 200 years
Norway

Norway records first rabies case in 200 years

Norwegian authorities have confirmed that a dead bat found in a cabin in central Norway was infected with Rabies — the first recorded case on the mainland for almost two hundred years.

Norway black jazz band in Trolltunga rock video
Norway

Norway black jazz band in Trolltunga rock video

Back in June Norwegian black jazz band Shining did a free concert on top of the Trolltunga, one of Norway’s most spectacular tourist sites. They’ve now turned it into an awesome, if vertigo-inducing, rock video.

Islamists post video of Norway kidnap victim
Norway

Islamists post video of Norway kidnap victim

The Islamist group Abu Sayyaf has published a video of kidnapped Norwegian marina owner Kjartan Sekkingstad, huddled in a jungle in front of machine-gun toting guerrillas holding black Islamic State-style flags.

Six people arrested after man shot in Ticino
Switzerland

Six people arrested after man shot in Ticino

Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old Portuguese man who was shot in Chiasso last week, Ticino cantonal police said on Tuesday.

Renzi victory as Senate votes to fall on its sword
Italy

Renzi victory as Senate votes to fall on its sword

UPDATED: Italy's Senate voted on Tuesday to relinquish most of its power in a revolutionary move aimed at ending decades of political instability, to the delight of a triumphant Premier Matteo Renzi.

Fury as Air France ‘lynch mob’ to face trial
France

Fury as Air France ‘lynch mob’ to face trial

Five Air France workers will appear before court next month over the 'almost lynching' of two Air France execs. But should they really be punished by the law?

Don’t give Pegida the rope to hang themselves
Germany

Don’t give Pegida the rope to hang themselves

Pegida is a reactionary and xenophobic movement. But applying double standards to the group and belittling its followers is only scratching an already infected wound, argues The Local reporter Jörg Luyken.

Rushdie: ‘free speech is a part of human nature’
Germany

Rushdie: ‘free speech is a part of human nature’

All attempts to curb free speech are "an attack on human nature", British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie said Tuesday at the start of the world's biggest book fair in Frankfurt.

Teen yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacks teacher
France

Teen yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacks teacher

A French high school pupil shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") has been apprehended and sent for psychiatric evaluation after shooting his teacher with an airgun.

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France

When French tourists get in trouble abroad

We take a look at some random misdemeanors that have landed French tourists in hot water in the past...

Refugee ‘zone’ planned by Stockholm station
Sweden

Refugee ‘zone’ planned by Stockholm station

A new 700 square metre refugee reception zone is set to be put up next to Stockholm's Central Station, as part of nationwide efforts to boost help for new arrivals as winter approaches.

Rome fire burns into Alitalia turnaround cash
Italy

Rome fire burns into Alitalia turnaround cash

Alitalia said on Tuesday it had lost €80 million euros as a result of a fire at Rome's main airport in May but insisted its recovery plan remained on track after the abrupt departure of its chief executive last month.

Asterix returns with Assange-like reporter
France

Asterix returns with Assange-like reporter

Asterix and his friend Obelix tackle the leak of top secret Roman information with a strong dose of humour on Thursday as the hugely-anticipated new opus of their adventures comes out in France and abroad.

Mysterious deaths of 12 llamas in Carinthia
Austria

Mysterious deaths of 12 llamas in Carinthia

Local authorities are looking into the deaths of nine llamas - who were found by a walker in a paddock on Monday in Stockenboi, Carinthia. This comes after three llamas belonging to the same farmer were found dead in early August.

Rankings: France not just about quality of life
France

Rankings: France not just about quality of life

A look at how France shapes up in dozens of global surveys has revealed the country is doing surprisingly well in areas it is often seen as lagging behind.

Spain ‘very confident’ deficit targets will be met in face of EU scepticism
Spain

Spain ‘very confident’ deficit targets will be met in face of EU scepticism

Spain's government on Tuesday vowed the country would meet its targets for lowering the deficit of its recovering public finances, in the face of scepticism from EU authorities.

‘The journey will continue’: Going home in a new way after NFGL
Sweden

‘The journey will continue’: Going home in a new way after NFGL

Have you ever gotten the feeling that it was wrong to leave your country, even if it was only for studies? Have you felt that your country needs smart and ambitious people like you more than ever before? Ukrainian SI Alum Anna Kryvenda decided to do something about it.

Renzi denies €600,000 dinner expense claims
Italy

Renzi denies €600,000 dinner expense claims

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has fiercely denied claims by an Italian newspaper that he dined out on the council's money while serving as the mayor and president of Florence.

German business, public back UK EU reform plan
Germany

German business, public back UK EU reform plan

Two separate surveys published on Tuesday show that the German public and business community see the positive side of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push to reform the EU ahead of his 'Brexit' referendum.

Swedish cat owners in fear after mass deaths
Sweden

Swedish cat owners in fear after mass deaths

Concerns that a cat killer could be on the loose in the town of Skövde in central Sweden are growing after six pets were found dead in the same neighbourhood in just one week.

Disgraced VW CEO gets Harvard thumbs-up
Germany

Disgraced VW CEO gets Harvard thumbs-up

The Harvard Business Review has just released its global index of the best CEOs. One Germany entry stands out for all the wrong reasons.

France seals €10 billion of deals with Saudis
France

France seals €10 billion of deals with Saudis

France on Tuesday announced a series of deals worth €10 billion ($11.4 billion) with Saudi Arabia, during a visit by Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Danish Muslims more devout than in years past
Denmark

Danish Muslims more devout than in years past

A new poll finds that Danish Muslims are significantly more religious than a decade ago and more than three fourths of them believe that the Quran’s instructions should be followed completely.

Spanish taxi-booking app Cabify secures funding for expansion
Spain

Spanish taxi-booking app Cabify secures funding for expansion

The Madrid-based Uber-style taxi app has secured funding from Japanese behemoth Rakuten to expand Spainish and Latin-American operations.

Catalan politicians in court over staging ‘illegal’ independence vote
Spain

Catalan politicians in court over staging ‘illegal’ independence vote

Spanish judges on Tuesday started questioning Catalan officials charged with breaking the law by holding a vote last year on their contested drive for independence from Spain.

French funfair workers block roads in protest
France

French funfair workers block roads in protest

There were severe traffic delays in northern France on Tuesday as fairground entertainers protested by setting up burning blockades at the entrances to several city centres.

Should Swedish fashion firms use hijab models?
Sweden

Should Swedish fashion firms use hijab models?

UPDATED: Protesters gathered in Stockholm this week to campaign against H&M and Swedish department store Åhlens using women wearing hijabs in recent fashion campaigns. But other Muslims are celebrating their new "role models".

Milan deny wrongdoing in Paletta deal
Italy

Milan deny wrongdoing in Paletta deal

AC Milan have refuted claims that club CEO Adriano Galliani skirted regulations when signing former Parma player Gabriel Paletta.

Troubled VW cuts annual investment by €1 billion
Germany

Troubled VW cuts annual investment by €1 billion

German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday it would slash its annual investment budget by €1 billion for its main VW brand in the wake of the pollution-cheating scandal.

Spanish CEO rockets up corporate leader rankings to world number 3
Spain

Spanish CEO rockets up corporate leader rankings to world number 3

Pablo Isla of Spanish fashion giant Inditex has risen to the rank of third most successful CEO in the world according to the Harvard Business Review.

Italy bans smoking in cars carrying children
Italy

Italy bans smoking in cars carrying children

Italy’s Council of Ministers has voted to ban smoking in cars carrying children and pregnant women.

Swedish trio among world’s best executives
Sweden

Swedish trio among world’s best executives

Three Swedish bosses have landed spots on the top-100 chief executives in the global business world according to a key ranking published on Tuesday.

Some truths about immigration in France
France

Some truths about immigration in France

New figures were released on Tuesday which shed light on the flow of migration to and from France. Here’s a look at how many are leaving, how many are arriving, and the percentage of foreigners in France.

Fault forces Germany to stop Eurofighter orders
Germany

Fault forces Germany to stop Eurofighter orders

The German defence ministry has suspended orders of new Eurofighter Typhoon jets after finding further flaws in the troubled and expensive warplane.

Police shoot and injure suspected burglar
Austria

Police shoot and injure suspected burglar

A policeman shot and injured a suspected burglar in the city of Salzburg on Monday night.

SVP threatens to pull out of federal government
Switzerland

SVP threatens to pull out of federal government

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the most popular political party in Switzerland, is threatening to pull out of the seven-person Swiss government unless it gains two of the seats.

Paris Uber drivers protest fare reductions
France

Paris Uber drivers protest fare reductions

Drivers from ride-booking service Uber held a protest in Paris on Tuesday over their company's decision to reduce passenger fares by 20 percent as a result of competition.

Ex-Telenor boss ‘one of world’s best CEOs’
Norway

Ex-Telenor boss ‘one of world’s best CEOs’

Former Telenor head Jon Fredrik Baksaas has been ranked the seventh best-performing chief executive in the world by the respected Harvard Business Review.

Germany extends border checks to halt refugees
Germany

Germany extends border checks to halt refugees

Germany, facing a record migrant influx, will extend temporary border controls until the end of October, with a special focus on the Austrian border, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Navy rescues angler after 27 hours adrift in Baltic
Germany

Navy rescues angler after 27 hours adrift in Baltic

The German navy rescued a fisherman who had been stranded in the Baltic Sea for 27 hours, after spotting him by chance while on exercise on Monday.

Pompeii thieves claim relics are cursed
Italy

Pompeii thieves claim relics are cursed

Tourists who have stolen relics from Pompeii often send back their loot, with some claiming the artefacts are cursed, according to the site's archaeological superintendent Massimo Osanna.

Spanish royals celebrate national day military parade amid protests
Spain

Spanish royals celebrate national day military parade amid protests

As Spain celebrated its national day on Monday, leftists, including the mayor of Barcelona, protested, calling it a "celebration of a genocide".

FPÖ to take Vienna deputy mayor post
Austria

FPÖ to take Vienna deputy mayor post

After scoring its best-ever result in the Vienna state election and coming in second behind the Social Democrats (SPÖ) the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) can claim the post of deputy mayor - despite the fact that the SPÖ has pledged not to form a coalition with them.

DiCaprio to make movie about VW scandal
Germany

DiCaprio to make movie about VW scandal

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to make a movie about Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal, after his film company bought the rights to a book on the subject.

‘Women weep, young men are collapsing’
Sweden

‘Women weep, young men are collapsing’

A Syrian woman rescued from a sinking boat after her brother called police in Sweden has told The Local of her struggle to build new life in Germany. The two siblings believe the Nordic nation offers a softer landing than its European neighbour.

Cissé held over Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot
France

Cissé held over Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot

Former Liverpool footballer Djibril Cissé was one of four people arrested by French police on Tuesday in connection with a plot to blackmail French international Mathieu Valbuena over a possible sex tape.

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Sweden

Oct. 28: An introduction to entrepreneurship (Lund)

Novo Nordisk CEO named world’s best
Denmark

Novo Nordisk CEO named world’s best

Lars Rebien Sørsensen's Scandinavian leadership style has propelled him to the absolute top of the global business world.

Magnus Carlsen wins rapid chess world title
Norway

Magnus Carlsen wins rapid chess world title

Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen has been crowned the world champion in rapid chess once again, after a thrilling three day defence of last year’s title in Berlin.

Jewish store gunman was sent instructions
France

Jewish store gunman was sent instructions

Amédy Coulibaly the gunman who killed four in a siege at a Jewish supermarket in Paris was sent an email with instructions and advice by an unknown sender, the probe into the January terrorist attacks has revealed.

Five ways to spend your gap year exploring Italy
Italy

Five ways to spend your gap year exploring Italy

Looking for somewhere to spend your gap year? The Local explores the wealth of experiences Italy has to offer.

Court case against Spain-based HSBC whistleblower adjourned
Spain

Court case against Spain-based HSBC whistleblower adjourned

A trial in Switzerland has been adjourned against Hervé Falciani, the former IT worker from the HSBC Private Bank in Geneva who leaked data about thousands of suspected tax evaders.

Danish discovery raises hopes for a cancer cure
Denmark

Danish discovery raises hopes for a cancer cure

Two Danish researchers are behind what is being hailed as a major possible breakthrough in the search for a cure for cancer.

Penelope Cruz to make directorial debut with film on childhood illness
Spain

Penelope Cruz to make directorial debut with film on childhood illness

Oscar-winning Spanish actor Penelope Cruz is moving behind the camera to direct a documentary on childhood leukaemia.

Geneva officials crack down on noise violations
Switzerland

Geneva officials crack down on noise violations

The canton of Geneva is declaring war on rowdiness and noise in public areas by hiking fines for violators in some cases more than sixfold, law enforcement officials announced on Monday.

Pegida: Merkel ‘Europe’s most dangerous woman’
Germany

Pegida: Merkel ‘Europe’s most dangerous woman’

Germany's anti-Islam party Pegida stepped up its attacks on Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, slamming her as "the most dangerous woman in Europe" and demanding she resign.

Spain send Ukraine to Euro 2016 play-offs despite missing penalty
Spain

Spain send Ukraine to Euro 2016 play-offs despite missing penalty

Spain ended Ukraine's hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2016 as Mario Gaspar's solitary goal on his international debut handed the European Champions a 1-0 win in Kiev on Monday.

‘Lucky’ couple to spend night in Paris Catacombs
France

‘Lucky’ couple to spend night in Paris Catacombs

For Halloween, the home rental website Airbnb is offering brave travellers a night in the sprawling tunnels filled with skulls and bones that is one of Paris's most popular -- and ghoulish -- attractions

Frustrated migrants take refugee centre to court
Germany

Frustrated migrants take refugee centre to court

Twenty asylum seekers on Monday filed a suit against Berlin's main refugee registration centre for failing to register them promptly so they could get essential benefits including a roof over their heads, a court official said.

Senate to vote on own demise in coup for Renzi
Italy

Senate to vote on own demise in coup for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was poised for a historic victory on Tuesday as the Senate votes to relinquish most of its power in a revolutionary move to end decades of political instability.

Lund reopens after social media ‘shooting’ threat
Sweden

Lund reopens after social media ‘shooting’ threat

UPDATED: Sweden's second largest university reopened on Tuesday after earlier cancelling all classes over an anonymous threat on social media that raised fears of a mass shooting.

Grandad used child ‘as shield’ in fatal mafia war
Italy

Grandad used child ‘as shield’ in fatal mafia war

A toddler killed in a clan war which prompted Pope Francis to excommunicate all mafia members was being used as a human shield by his grandfather, Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutor said on Monday.

No Euro gift for Norway, says Italy’s Conte
Italy

No Euro gift for Norway, says Italy’s Conte

Italy are chasing a seventh win in 10 Euro 2016 qualifiers when they host Norway in Rome on Tuesday hoping to seal the top spot in their group, their coach Antonio Conte has warned.

Sweden face play-off route after Russia victory
Sweden

Sweden face play-off route after Russia victory

Sweden defeated Moldova 2-0 in Euro 2016 Group G qualifying on Monday but it was not enough to guarantee a place at next summer's finals in France after Russia brushed aside Montenegro 2-0 in Moscow.

Will robots take over your job in Sweden?
Sweden

Will robots take over your job in Sweden?

Economics analyst Mårten Blix outlines how to make sure jobs are not lost when digitalization grows in tech-savvy Sweden and robots take over skilled labour.

SAS plane in emergency landing in Greenland

SAS plane in emergency landing in Greenland

A passenger flight heading from Sweden to the United States was hoping to take off again on Tuesday after a suspected faulty coffee maker forced it to touch down in Greenland.

Why Danish public healthcare beats private
Denmark

Why Danish public healthcare beats private

Expat blogger Melanie Haynes has had more recent experience with the Danish health system than she'd like but she says that nation's public hospitals and clinics give better service than private alternatives.